Eye Opener for Allensworth

Firmly committed to Arizona since the middle of April, the unofficial visit to Wisconsin over the weekend by Heritage (CA) senior Darius Allensworth may have changed where the three-star cornerback ends up playing college football.

MADISON - Before leaving on his unofficial visit to the University of Wisconsin, three-star Heritage (CA) senior cornerback Darius Allensworth maintained it would have to take some drastic to get him to back off his commitment to Arizona.

And while Allensworth is leaving his visit to UW still committed to the Wildcats, his three days spent touring the campus, facilities and program of the Badgers has given him a lot to consider.

"It was a really nice weekend," Allensworth told Badger Nation following his first trip to UW's campus. "I had no idea how nice the city was with the lakes and everything. Arizona and Wisconsin are different programs. It's a different kind of football with the Pac 12 and the Big Ten."

Unlike other recruits, the 5-11, 180-pound Allensworth got a chance to meet the entire Wisconsin coaching staff, strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert and academic advisors on his trip to get a feel for how he could succeed in the program. He spent time with the defensive staff, who showed him how he could excel in their system.

"The coaches said I fit in well with the schemes that they run," said Allensworth. "They talked about the different coverages they run and techniques that they use. They showed me what they use and what they try to accomplish at the University of Wisconsin, and that gave me a real good idea of how I would fit in."

Allensworth also got his first opportunity to sit down at length with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema to ask questions about the program and find out that the Badgers are still in need of some top defensive backs in their 2013 recruiting class.

"He said that I was a player that they like with my abilities and my attitude," Allensworth said of Bielema. "He said I fit their mold. He's a really down-to-earth guy and he's real funny. He made me feel real comfortable."

Allensworth committed to the Wildcats on April 14, one of four cornerbacks to have joined the first recruiting class under former Michigan head coach Rick Rodriguez. In addition to Wisconsin, Allensworth is still considering UCLA and California, the latter of which he wants to take a visit to in the coming weeks.

He wants to make his final decision before the start of his senior year, but that might be tough with the solid presentation given to him this weekend by the Wisconsin coaching staff.

"Wisconsin definitely gave me something to think about," said Allensworth. "I really like this place. Once I get back to California, I'll have to clear my mind and figure out what I want."


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